Through the generosity of the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation, Peters Valley is excited to welcome the following artists to our campus in October and November to take part in fully-funded guest artist residencies. These artists will spend two weeks on campus immersing themselves in their craft. Read more about each of the residents below and stay tuned for updates about their work at Peters Valley.
Patrick McMillan has been a practicing metalsmith for over 20 years. He received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and his MA from the Birmingham School of Jewellery in England. Since 2009, he has resided in Rhode Island, building up his personal studio practice and teaching jewelry in the local community. In 2017, he launched The Bench Jewelry and Metalsmithing studio. A creative space designed for education and shared studio access for independent jewelers. www.mcmillanmetals.com
Shelby Reed just recently completed her final year at The Tyler School of Art at Temple University where she earned her BFA with a concentration in ceramics. While she works mostly in ceramic, she also implements mixed media materials and processes. Various materials and repeated ceramic forms come together to create her colorful, organic, and maximalist sculptural works that explore escapism, fantasy, queerness, and feminity. When she is not making her own pieces, she also works as an instructor and studio assistant at two different art studios in her Pennsylvania hometown. www.shelbyannereed.com
June Melton is a leatherworker and chef. Her work explores techniques and practices that have fallen out of current culture, reconsidered through a queer lens. She practices shoemaking and historical pastry preparation. From Olympia, Washington; she likes rain.
Sarah Patterson is a graphic designer and maker who lives in rural central Pennsylvania. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work involves themes of the natural world, mother/daughterhood, archiving, memory, and handwriting. Her favorite mediums include: collage, drawing, printmaking, and analog methods of mark making. www.sarahkimpatterson.com
Drawn from the influences of Indigenous Ga culture of Accra Ghana, and nurtured through art education in Ghana, Europe, and the United States, Ernest Aryee’s ceramics sculpture explores personal identity expressed through a vernacular distinctly Ghanaian. He is increasingly focusing on creating employment and income generating opportunities for non-formally trained artists in Ghana who he employs as assistants for building his work, as public art. Ernest blends professional careers in the arts and in construction engineering inspection from the Chicagoland area, where he resides. www.ernestaryeestudios.com
Jayne King is a Chicago-born Jewish artist who recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After taking up ceramics at 15, King spent their time at SAIC focusing on clay, painting, and writing. Since graduating, they have been an artist in residence at The Digs Chicago, and were one of this year’s ArtAxis fellows. www.jaynemarieking.com
Adrienne Sloane is a mixed media artist with a focus in fiber techniques. Using iconic imagery, her work is frequently a visceral response to the moral and political landscape of the day. By visually addressing the frayed and unraveled places around her, Sloane seeks to promote thoughtful dialogue about critical questions as we navigate the difficult times we live in. www.adriennesloane.com
Margaux Thys is a fiber artist and architectural designer from the New York area. She focuses on the intersection of architecture and textiles and the ways they can elevate one another through form, texture and light. Margaux is a naturalist and is interested in using organic materials in innovative ways. She comes from a long line of craftspeople, began her weaving education at Peter’s Valley in 2018 and is excited to come back to create during her residency.
Xin Xu is an artist and curator focusing on jewelry design, conceptual art, and metalsmithing. She received her MA in Art & Art Education from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2022, accompanied by a Creative Technologies Certificate. She graduated from Pratt Institute in 2019, receiving a BFA in Jewelry design and art history. Xin explores the possibilities and impacts of art from a cultural context. She strives for her work to aid in the development of interpersonal relationships between different communities. Experimenting with new media and forms in her art and pedagogical practices; Xin is currently working on her second line of jewelry that uses Traditional Chinese Medicine.